Feburary 2007 Progress

Painting the Electrics


This month I've taken a break from working on the layout to paint my Z-1 and Y-1 class electric locomotives.


As delivered, they were painted passenger green and lettered in gold leaf. I'm painting one Y and one Z-1 like that.

Later, in the thirties the lettering was changed to dulux yellow and a red feild was added behind the yellow goat. About this time Y-1's were modified by adding a busbar and moving the bell and headlight. The Z-1's were just repainted.

Finally, sometime after 1951, the Y-1 were painted in orange and green and the bell was moved again. The Z-1 remained the same except the goat was painted white on a red field. This scheme is too modern for the period I model so I'm using the second scheme.

Modifying and painting the Y-1 Electrics

Painting the Z-1s

Juice Jacks on the layout - this page


Y-1 5016, in the Original colors and configuration leads the westboud Empire Builder through Casmere.

The Builder meets The Casacdian which has Z-1 5001 on the point.


Four Z-1s are on the point of a west bound load of apples headed for the port of Seattle and exportation to Asian maekets

The extra passes the Cascadian waiting in the hole. It was common practise to put passenger trains in the hole rather than stopping and then restarting heavy tonnage.

The hogger oils around while waiting for the mainline to clear.

X717 brings up the markers of the fruit extra.



5015 and 5017 wait for a westbound that they will assist up the hill.



Three Z-1's lead an eastbound freight.


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